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Police thank public following court outcome of Ammanford social media video assault

TWO men have been sentenced for their role in the assault of a vulnerable man in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, on July 2, 2019.

It was filmed and widely shared on social media, sparking complaints to police from the public.

22-year-old Hefin Parker, of no fixed abode, was given a 14 month prison sentence at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, October 11, after pleading guilty to ABH.

19-year-old Elis Kelman, of Llangennech, was sentenced to 30 weeks in a young offenders’ institution suspended for 12 months with 100 hours of unpaid work and a three-month nightly curfew. He had pleaded guilty to encouraging/assisting in the commission of an assault.

The assault happened on July 2 at a bus stop in the town. They had been drinking together in a nearby pub.

The video of the assault was filmed by Kelman and was then posted and widely shared on social media.

Parker was arrested later that day. Kelman was voluntary interviewed the following day.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Rebecca Thomas said: “To have carried out such an attack for no apparent reason on a vulnerable member of our community was totally unacceptable. I am comforted by the fact that so many members of our local community picked up the phone to make us aware of this incident and the video they had seen on social media. I thank each and every person who got in touch. This allowed police officers to take swift action and made this court result possible.”

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